Implementing Agreement on Advanced Fuel Cells (AFC)

The main goal of the Advanced Fuel Cells TCP is to enhance the technology development of key components and systems of fuel cells; furthermore to prepare the market implementation of fuel cells by analysis/development of the necessary policy frame work (incl. necessary instruments) and the elimination of existing barriers.

Short Description




The aim of the IEA Advanced Fuel Cells programme is to enhance the state of understanding of all contracting parties in the field of advanced fuel cells, through a co-ordinated programme of research, technology development and system analysis on Molten Carbonate (MCFC), Solid Oxide (SOFC) and Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC) systems. There is a strong emphasis on information exchange through task meetings, workshops and reports. The work is undertaken on a task-sharing basis with each participating country providing an agreed level of effort over the period of the task.

The present programme (2009–2014) is structured in three technology-oriented annexes and three application/market-oriented annexes. All annexes are scheduled till 2014.

Austria participates officially in this Implementing Agreement on Advanced Fuel Cells since autumn 2004. Work is carried out within the following Annexes:

  • Task 22: Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
  • Task 25: Fuel Cells for Stationary Applications
  • Task 27: Fuel Cells for Portable Applications

The specific Austrian goals of this participation are as follows:

  • Integration of Austrian cutting-edge RTD activities in international RTD emphasis
  • International division of tasks and labour for high risk R&D and for capital intense demonstration projects
  • Transfer of international know-how to (and in) Austria
  • Promotion and mobilisation of Austrian applied and basic RTD (by gaining IEA know-how)
  • Strengthening the competitiveness and internationalisation of the Austrian economy by increased RTD contributions, in general.

The participation of Austria is performed by a consortium consisting of the Austrian Energy Agency and the Fuel Cells Laboratory at the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology, Graz University of Technology. This consortium guarantees both technical-scientific and socio-economic contributions on a high level.

Furthermore, there exists a partnership with Energie AG Oberösterreich who delivered application oriented contributions within Annex 25. Additionally, the Austrian Agency for Alternative Propulsion Systems (A3PS) contributed in Annex 26 (this activities were discontinued by autumn 2010).

Project Partners

Project management

Dr. Günter Simader
Österreichische Energieagentur - Austrian Energy Agency

Prof. Dr. Viktor Hacker
Institut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik und Umwelttechnik, Labor für Brennstoffzellensysteme
Technische Universität Graz

Project collaborator

  • J. Gsellmann, F. Zach
    Österreichische Energieagentur - Austrian Energy Agency
  • G. Rabenstein, C. Gehrer, A. Stadlhofer, M. Thaler
    TU Graz


Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and USA.

Contact Address

DI Dr. Günter R. Simader
Österreichische Energieagentur - Austrian Energy Agency
Mariahilferstraße 136, A-1150 Wien
Telefon: 43-1-5861524-24

Assoc.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Viktor Hacker
Institut für Chemische Verfahrenstechnik und Umwelttechnik
Labor für Brennstoffzellensysteme
Technische Universität Graz
Steyrergasse 21, 8010 Graz

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